Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Finalized line-up of Guest Poets for Occidental College Upward Bound SUMMER 2009!

Hey Poetry People,

This is the first time I've used Facebook to help fill Guest Poet slots for my Writers Seminar classes at Occidental College Upward Bound...and it was a rousing success! Thanks to you, my students will be experiencing an onslaught of...people who love writing...and live it!!

We'll be meeting in Johnson Hall, room J204 every day. And all are welcome to sit-in to experience their favorite poet. You might even get a chance to share a poem too!

PERIOD 1 GUEST POETS:

Monday, July 6th, 10am to 11am - Eli Goitein
Tuesday, July 7th, 10am to 11am - Sharmagne Leland-St.John
Wednesday, July 8th, 10am to 11am - Ryfkah
Thursday, July 9th, 10am to 11am - Eric von Mizener
Friday, July 10th, 9am to 10am - Brandon Cesmat

Monday, July 13th, 10am to 11am - Ron Baca
Tuesday, July 14th, 10am to 11am - Chrystine Julian
Wednesday, July 15th, 10am to 11am - Alice Pero
Thursday, July 16th, 10am to 11am - Scott Kaestner
Friday, July 17th, 9am to 10am - no poet

Monday, July 20th, 10am to 11am - Eric Morago
Tuesday, July 21st, 10am to 11am - Michelle Angelini
Wednesday, July 22nd, 10am to 11am - Pete Justus
Thursday, July 23rd, 10am to 11am - Thea Iberall
Friday, July 24th, 9am to 10am - Katherine Norland

Monday, July 27th, 10am to 11am - Neil Aitken
Tuesday, July 28th, 10am to 11am - Robert Lundy & Elizabeth Yahn Williams
Wednesday, July 29th, 10am to 11am - Emma Rosenthal
Thursday, July 30th, 10am to 11am - Stosh Machek

Monday, August 3rd, 10am to 11am - Maureen Alsop
Tuesday, August 4th, 10am to 11am - Hilda Weiss
Wednesday, August 5th, 10am to 11am - Marvin Dorsey

PERIOD 2 GUEST POETS:

Monday, July 6th, 2pm to 3pm - Mike Sonksen
Tuesday, July 7th, 2pm to 3pm - Mina Kirby
Wednesday, July 8th, 2pm to 3pm - Dan garcia-Black
Thursday, July 9th, 2pm to 3pm - Steven Kutcher & Radomir Luza
Friday, July 10th, 11am to 12pm - Paul Koenig

Monday, July 13th, 2pm to 3pm - CaLokie & Tucker Smallwood
Tuesday, July 14th, 2pm to 3pm - Regina Higgins
Wednesday, July 15th, 2pm to 3pm - Russell Salamon
Thursday, July 16th, 2pm to 3pm - Andrea Carter Brown
Friday, July 17th, 11am to 12pm - Ed Houston

Monday, July 20th, 2pm to 3pm - Joseph Camhi
Tuesday, July 21st, 2pm to 3pm - Jack Bowman & Lisa Helene Donovan
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2pm to 3pm - Mikel Weisser
Thursday, July 23rd, 2pm to 3pm - Leah Brown, Mona Jean Cedar, & Maja Trochimczyk
Friday, July 24th, 11am to 12pm - Barbara Cogswell & Lois P. Jones

Monday, July 27th, 2pm to 3pm - Lynne Thompson
Tuesday, July 28th, 2pm to 3pm - Jeffry Jensen & Mary Frances Spencer
Wednesday, July 29th, 2pm to 3pm - Corrie Greathouse
Thursday, July 30th, 2pm to 3pm - Ron Gregus

Monday, August 3rd, 2pm to 3pm - James Maverick
Tuesday, August 4th, 2pm to 3pm - Amelie Frank
Wednesday, August 5th, 2pm to 3pm - Reynald Romea & Julia Stein
Thursday, August 6th, 10am to 11am - Brendan Constantine & Mani Suri

Thank you everyone for your interest and involvement!

One extremely grateful teacher,
DKC

Monday, June 29, 2009

Guest Poets Still Wanted!

Hey So Cal Poets,

Because so many of you wanted to visit my teens...and it killed me to have to turn you down because of budgetary concerns...I'm going to try something new...I might be crazy but...let's try an afternoon Guest Poet schedule exclusively for my 2nd Period class...in addition to the already scheduled morning one which will now be only for my 1st Period.

These 2nd Period sessions will take place between 2pm and 3pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (no lunch, of course)...and between 11am and 12pm on Fridays (with lunch). And just like with the poets visiting my 1st Period, you need only share three of your own poems, answer any questions the kids might have, and, if you'd like to, offer them a writing idea. So, if you couldn't get onto the Period 1 schedule, and you'd still like to share your poetry, please let me know which date is best for you...and I will find a way to compensate you for your time.

Here are the openings for poets to visit my 2nd Period class:

Monday, July 6th, 2pm to 3pm - Mike Sonksen
Tuesday, July 7th, 2pm to 3pm - Mina Kirby
Wednesday, July 8th, 2pm to 3pm - Dan garcia-Black
Thursday, July 9th, 2pm to 3pm - Steven Kutcher
Friday, July 10th, 11am to 12pm - Paul Koenig & Ruth Nolan

Monday, July 13th, 2pm to 3pm - CaLokie & Tucker Smallwood
Tuesday, July 14th, 2pm to 3pm - Don Newton
Wednesday, July 15th, 2pm to 3pm - Russell Salamon
Thursday, July 16th, 2pm to 3pm - Andrea Carter Brown
Friday, July 17th, 11am to 12pm - Ed Houston & Abel Salas

Monday, July 20th, 2pm to 3pm - Joseph Camhi
Tuesday, July 21st, 2pm to 3pm -
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2pm to 3pm - Helen Graziano & Mikel Weisser
Thursday, July 23rd, 2pm to 3pm - Leah Brown & Maja Trochimczyk
Friday, July 24th, 11am to 12pm - Lois P. Jones

Monday, July 27th, 2pm to 3pm - Lynn Thompson
Tuesday, July 28th, 2pm to 3pm - Jeffry Jensen
Wednesday, July 29th, 2pm to 3pm - Frankie Salinas
Thursday, July 30th, 2pm to 3pm - Theresa Antonia & Ron Gregus

Monday, August 3rd, 2pm to 3pm - James Maverick
Tuesday, August 4th, 2pm to 3pm - Amelie Frank
Wednesday, August 5th, 2pm to 3pm - Reynald Romea
Thursday, August 6th, 10am to 11am - Brendan Constantine & Mani Suri

AND HERE'S THE PERIOD 1 SCHEDULE:

Monday, July 6th, 10am to 11am - Mary Torregrossa
Tuesday, July 7th, 10am to 11am - Sharmagne Leland-St.John
Wednesday, July 8th, 10am to 11am - Ryfkah
Thursday, July 9th, 10am to 11am - Eric von Mizener
Friday, July 10th, 9am to 10am (no lunch) - Brandon Cesmat

Monday, July 13th, 10am to 11am - Ron Baca
Tuesday, July 14th, 10am to 11am - Chrystine Julian
Wednesday, July 15th, 10am to 11am -
Thursday, July 16th, 10am to 11am - Scott Kaestner
Friday, July 17th, 9am to 10am (no lunch) - Marie Lecrivain

Monday, July 20th, 10am to 11am - Eric Morago
Tuesday, July 21st, 10am to 11am - Michelle Angelini
Wednesday, July 22nd, 10am to 11am - Pete Justus
Thursday, July 23rd, 10am to 11am - Mary Frances Spencer
Friday, July 24th, 9am to 10am (no lunch) - Katherine Norland

Monday, July 27th, 10am to 11am - Neil Aitken
Tuesday, July 28th, 10am to 11am - Elizabeth Yahn Williams
Wednesday, July 29th, 10am to 11am - Emma Rosenthal
Thursday, July 30th, 10am to 11am - Stosh Machek & Angel Uriel Perales

Monday, August 3rd, 10am to 11am - Maureen Alsop
Tuesday, August 4th, 10am to 11am - Hilda Weiss
Wednesday, August 5th, 10am to 11am - Marvin Dorsey

And a galactic thank you to all those who have visited in the past for being very generous with your time!

Poetic love,
Don

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thank you for signing up as Guest Poets for my Upward Bound classes!

Hey So Cal Poets,

It's going to be Summer #25 for me teaching Creative Writing at Occidental College in the Upward Bound program. For decades, wonderful poets have volunteered to perform for my students. Now's it's time to do it again, or, for some, to try it out. What will they get? A free lunch and the infinitely good karma of sharing their love of poetry with impressionable teenagers!

Due to budget restrictions in this day and age, I can only have one poet come in each day. They will be asked to share three of their own poems, answer any questions the kids might have, and, if they'd like to, offer them a writing idea. Yes, you've all bowled me over once more, you good ones, having reserved the date of your choice. Here's our schedule:

Monday, July 6th, 10am to 1pm - Mary Torregrossa
Tuesday, July 7th, 10am to 1pm - Sharmagne Leland-St.John
Wednesday, July 8th, 10am to 1pm - Ryfkah
Thursday, July 9th, 10am to 1pm - Eric von Mizener
Friday, July 10th, 9am to 11am - Brandon Cesmat

Monday, July 13th, 10am to 1pm - Ron Baca
Tuesday, July 14th, 10am to 1pm - Chrystine Julian
Wednesday, July 15th, 10am to 1pm -
Thursday, July 16th, 10am to 1pm - Scott Kaestner
Friday, July 17th, 9am to 11am - Marie Lecrivain

Monday, July 20th, 10am to 1pm - Eric Morago
Tuesday, July 21st, 10am to 1pm - Michelle Angelini
Wednesday, July 22nd, 10am to 1pm - Pete Justus
Thursday, July 23rd, 10am to 1pm - Mary Frances Spencer
Friday, July 24th, 9am to 11am - Katherine Norland

Monday, July 27th, 10am to 1pm - Neil Aitken
Tuesday, July 28th, 10am to 1pm - Elizabeth Yahn Williams
Wednesday, July 29th, 10am to 1pm -Emma Rosenthal
Thursday, July 30th, 10am to 1pm - Stosh Machek & Angel Uriel Perales

Monday, August 3rd, 10am to 1pm - Maureen Alsop
Tuesday, August 4th, 10am to 1pm - Hilda Weiss
Wednesday, August 5th, 10am to 1pm - Marvin Dorsey
Thursday, August 6th, 10am to 11am (no lunch) - Brendan Constantine & Mani Suri

And a big thank you to all those who have visited in the past for being very generous with your time!

Poetic love,
Don

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pictures from Kidspace!

Michelle Angelini gets the kids involved!

Kingfisher introduces Lindy!

Lindy Hill used to be a Kindergarten teacher!

Mary Torregrossa surveys the audience!

Thanks to Yvonne Chavez Lombardi for taking and allowing us to post these photos.